Renfrewshire Short Course XC Relays, Pollock Park, 22.10.17
28 seniors and 19 juniors headed to Pollock Park for Sunday’s Renfrewshire XC short relays. A nice Autumn day greeted them, but sadly the preceding few days (weeks, months etc) rain was well on display and it made for a good old muddy course.
The under 11 boys managed to get 2 full teams out and the girls had a full team as well which shows great promise for the junior section. Some of them running were well under the age limit and certainly didn’t look out of place.Jude Dolan and Harry McGill continued their good form in the later races finishing 5th and 7th overall in there respective age categories. Hopefully more of the same next week at the Nationals!
The senior ladies had 4 full teams out on show. With no veteran categories counting, Captain Monk was able to assess her options ahead of next week’s National XC relays at Cumbernauld. Sue Hewitson was fastest on the day in 15.28 (10th overall) and along with Marian Monk and the returning Suzi Coyle were able to place 7th on the day. There were strong runs in the other teams as well, with Lisa Ruddy, Marianne McKay and Lynsey Mooney putting in particularly good performances.
Similarly, the men set out to put in a good show ahead of next week. Captain Stevensson sent Daniel Doherty and Paul Monaghan out first for the A and B team respectively and forced them into a head to head battle. It was Daniel who nicked it on the home straight by the finest of margins. The rest of the A team followed suit and finished in 7th place overall. The best performance was perhaps from the anchorman Chris Mooney who recorded the second fastest time of the day for a harrier, only behind club champion Shaun Lyon. Chris may be more happy that he just survived the race as he was feeling the ill effects of his Ibiza ‘training camp’…
Elsewhere in the men’s teams there were strong runs for Mick McCloone, Paul Beaton and Steven Smith. Captain Stevenson put himself out in the D team, expecting some adverse jetlag effects, but he ran a solid run worthy of a place much higher up.
The national XC Short Course Relays are on next Saturday at Cumbernauld and lets hope we see a great turnout from the club. With the Cross Country season stretching into the new year, it is worth reminding members that there are runners up at Tower Hill most Saturday mornings at 11am. A great way to prepare for the big one in Falkirk in February.
A Team: Douglas Campbell 7.17, Nathan Adams 7.26, Aidan McElwee 6.46
B Team: Connor McCrorey 7.37, Cameron Crawford 7.41, Leo Beaton 7.53
Ava Beaton 7.27, Erin McEleny 7.51, Leah Knox 8.58
Jude Dolan 9.35 (5th), Cameron Patton 9.54, Jack Hay 11.49
Ruby McGill 10.53, Francesca McKay 13.48, Abbigail Crawford15.41
Harry McGill 8.52 (7th)
Mhairi Moore 12.36, Alyshia Singleton 12.49
Team A: Sue Hewitson 15.28, Marian Monk 16.39, Suzi Coyle 17.51
Team B: Lorna Coyle 17.59, Lisa Ruddy 17.07, Marianne McKay 17.36
Team C: Donna Clark 19.24, Lynsey Mooney 17.56, Cheryl Thomas 19.17
Team D: Ashley Anderson 19.54, Nathalie Smith 21.15, Eileen Stevenson 20.28
Team A: Daniel Doherty 13.26, Shaun Lyon 12.59, Steven Campbell 13.11, Chris Mooney 13.05
Team B: Paul Monaghan 13.28, Mick McCloone 13.27, Robert Dolan 15.13, Andy McCall 14.00
Team C: Stephen Reid 15.53, Paul Beaton 14.25, Stephen Hanley 15.07, Malcolm MacLean 17.46
Team D: Steven Smith 16.15, John Stevenson 14.35, Frank McMahon 16.42, Mick Dunn 16.54
Cowal Way Ultra Marathon, 50km, 21.10.17
Fiona Ramsay was first overall at the Cowal Way Ultra on Saturday. The 50km course ran from Glenbranter to Portavadie with over 3000 feet of climb! Fiona finished in 4.04.26, over 3 minutes ahead of the next competitor. Fiona describes the day in her own words below:
“Challenging weather with Dunoon ultra still in the legs made today’s 30 miler tougher than usual. A much smaller field, mixed in with the biker made for an interesting, wet and muddy course. Very well route marked, a fantastic buffet after the race and access to the Portavadie spa and pool got me across the finish line. Another part of the Scottish countryside explored today and a new race for the calendar.”
Well done Fiona. Maybe your tales of enjoyment from this race will see a few more take it on next year!
parkrun – 21.10.17
There were 27 Harriers in action at a testing Greenock parkrun on Saturday. Steven Campbell held off Andrew White to be first finisher for the 25th time in a time of 17.37. Andrew Osborne was 3rd to make it a Glenpark 1,2,3. Marianne McKay was first female finisher for the 2nd time in 23.50. Cheryl Thomas and Nicola Gillespie also made it a Glenpark 1,2,3 for the ladies!
Robin McAuslan ran at Luton Wardown parkrun for the 4th time, joining 324 others on the outskirts of London. He was 40th overall in 23.23
A group of Greenock regulars including 7 Harriers headed up to Ruchill Park in Glasgow to try out the city’s newest parkrun. The 5k route ran 2 1/2 laps of the undulating park and created a rather interesting whale shape when viewed from GPS! Stephen Hanley was first Harrier home in 2nd overall place in 20.34 followed by Graham McGrattan in 21.11. Graham took the overall age grade by a good 10% on the day, showing he might be on the way back from a recent injury. The other Arriers in action were Steven Watson, David Benstead, Stuart Austin, Angeline Austin (first female Harrier) and Emma Benstead.